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Stream in the Smoky Mountains national park

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States, covering 520,000 acres and making up one of the most phenomenal outdoor playgrounds in our country. It’s a park that is filled with history, wildlife, wildflowers, waterfalls, rivers, breathtaking views, and absolute magic. It’s an area so vast that everyone can find something that they love and one of the best times to explore the park is in the spring. As the mountains come back to life and the spring greens fill in the forest canopy, the Smokies puts on one of it’s best shows of the year. At The Appy Lodge, one of our missions is to encourage our guests to go outside and play as well as fall in love with the great outdoors! Below, you will find 5 incredible hikes to take this year in the Smokies!

Everyone knows that once you’re on vacation calories don’t count and your sweet tooth craves treats that you wouldn’t even think of back home. While strolling the streets of Gatlinburg, you’ll want to stop in at these 3 candy shops to check out their selection of delicious sweets! Pick up a few for your trip and grab a few extras to share with friends when you return from your trip to the Smokies!

At The Appy Lodge we love all of our guests, but we really love it when the younger generations have an opportunity to stay with us. One of our goals at The Appy Lodge is to help and foster a love for the outdoors in everyone, and especially the children that will someday be the guardians of our Smokies. When staying with us, children love our cozy home setting, being near so many fun attractions and knowing that we’re just down the road from the Smoky Mountains. However, there are a few things that they really love about their time at the hotel as well. We wanted to share them with you and we hope that it will inspire you to stay with us during your next stay in Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg and the Smokies are two of the top destinations for many families during the summer time. While vacationing in the area, you’ll find an unlimited amount of fun and places to explore, but we wanted to give you a few ideas to help you get your itinerary for this year planned! We hope that a few activities spark your interest and that we welcome you as our guest soon!

Downtown Gatlinburg is filled with wonderful shops and places to browse. With crafts, candy, gifts and more around every corner it’s almost impossible to narrow it down to just a handful. However, we have put together 4 of the best shops in downtown Gatlinburg to start you off! Each shop has a unique charm as well as a wide variety of items for you to take back home with you after your vacation in the Smokies.